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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 24 May 2015
It's one of those Godzilla movies where you fully understand why some fans of the "Zilla" series positively dislike it. The big atomic lizard is only a bit part player here, and when push comes to shove the monster mayhem is in short supply, which considering we also have Ghidorah and Rodan in the mix is for sure a bit of a waste. Yet this is one of the better sequels from Toho's original wave, it quite literally has all the ingredients that made "Zilla" and the off-shoots so iconic.

We are in live action cartoon territory, a sci-fi story of bonkers proportions yet engrossing all the same. The joyous model work synonymous with the series remains intact, the cardboard sets being obliterated are still fun to watch, and the divisive sight of "Zilla" doing the "shay" dance is in here whether you like it or not. More fun, though, is watching "Zilla" boxing the three headed Ghidorah, now that is comedy gold, if only the moody lizard had gone southpaw a bit earlier then saving the world could have been achieved quicker.

Great fun, could have been better from a monster point of view? Yes, definitely, but this be a nutty fruitcake production from Toho and amen to that. 8/10
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Despite its curiously low IMDB rating and the fact that the big feller isn't at the center of the plot, Invasion of Astro-Monster aka Kaijû Daisenso/War of the Monsters aka Godzilla Vs. MonsterZero may be the best classic Godzilla follow-up of them all. Unlike many of the films it doesn't limit the monster action to the last two reels, spacing it out more evenly and integrating it more effectively into the human story, while the final orgy of destruction is epic stuff rather than just another battle in an isolated mountain area even if it is bulked out with a bit of stock footage from Rodan and Mothra. It's also surprisingly well-plotted, with sunglass wearing polyester-clad aliens offering a cure for cancer in exchange for the loan of Godzilla and Rodan to rid their barren planet of Ghidorah - or so they say. Instead they plan to use all three monsters to turn Earth into a colony planet and its up to astronauts Nick Adams and Akira Takarada and Akira Kubo's impoverished inventor to stop them.

The result may be no 2001, but it is a lot of fun. The film has a fabulous 60s comic book look to it and the special effects are fun: in no way photo-realistic, but undeniably appealing. The Rodan effects are much improved this time round, as is the fight choreography with the comedy largely limited to the fan-enraging sight of Godzilla doing a victory shay dance (best compared to a sailor's hornpipe as performed by British comedians Morecambe and Wise!). Not released in the US until 1970 because of Nick Adams' suicide shortly after finishing the film, Classic Media's Region 1 NTSC DVD includes both the very slightly trimmed US release version with audio commentary by Stuart Galbraith and the original Japanese version. There's also a featurette The Creator of Godzilla - Tomoyuki Tanaka and the original Japanese trailer, although sadly the DVD does not include the blooper of Godzilla's model foot bouncing away included on the Japanese DVD!
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on 23 April 2008
INVASION OF ASTRO MONSTER, is by any other name MONSTER ZERO, or GODZILLA VS MONSTER ZERO. INVASION OF ASTRO MONSTER is the "International title" that Toho gave to KAIJU DAISENSO, released in 1965. It was then acquired for release via AIP and Henry G. Saperstein(the producer)in 1966, and he parted ways with AIP and set out for his own distribution. That didn't happen until 1970 from Maron Films, a small indie release company and it was re-titled MONSTER ZERO and double-billed in roadshow fashion with WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS and did brisk business from late summer to Fall at drive-ins and theaters at the time. The film stars Nick Adams and was released in the US, two years after his untimely and unfortunate death. Still, MONSTER ZERO/INVASION OF ASTRO MONSTER remains one of the best ever of the Toho Godzilla sequels, the last one where all the major talents at Toho were in play to make a knockout film that flies along at a good clip. It has everything-alien invasion, monsters, and a love story. Interestingly, the monster side of things actually takes a back seat to a fairly engaging human story(there are only really 10 or 12 minutes of new monster footage). The FX work is perhaps Eiji Tsuburaya's best as is the score by Akira Ifukube. This version is exactly the same as MONSTER ZERO-same title sequence, however a new title card for INVASION is seen. All the dubbing was the same, and in fact the film has three minutes of footage not seen in the US version. One is the alien Controller saying something in his native language as the earth ship leaves, another is a pretty nifty FX shot looking up at Godzilla and Rodan being transported through the atmosphere by the Xian saucers, and still another shot has what appears to be an un-processed(sound) shot of Akira Takarada saying something like "I've got a bad feeling about this" in Japanese, to Nick Adams who responds in English "Talk to me about it pal". Terrific film in any language!!
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on 30 June 2014
I find with these dvd's the menu's are uninspiring and boring - a little difficult to navigate if you are unaware of other audio options (english or american) - it is in no way restored it is shown as it was/is. It was an ok dvd that offered no REAL benefit to having it on DVD as to video tape.
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on 10 September 2015
The DVD came quickly, I am very happy with it. I am a big Godzilla fan it's a must have in any collection
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on 25 October 2014
One of the best Godzilla movies,aliens trick the earth into letting two monsters of the planet to fight astro monster,but we've been hoodwinked,can earth survive,great fun
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on 2 January 2016
Good product came fast
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